Nuacht Chláir May 2010

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The FREE local newsletter for Claregalway / Carnmore

Damien Dempsey supporting the work of PREDA Galway Page 18


May 2010


Vol. 14 Iss. 8

Is Radon Gas affecting your \ home? Page 17

SMA Family Day to go ahead on 6th of June

Left and Below: Photos from last years SMA Family Day. For more images see our online gallery on Above: SMA House

Arches Hotel, Claregalway 091 739 000

Our Annual Family Day is a permanent fixture now on the local calendar of Summer events. Every year it takes place on the Sunday of the June Bank Holiday

weekend. So this year the date is Sunday June 6th from 1pm to 5pm. The event helps to put our House and its ›› ›› Continued overleaf ››

›› Missionary activites on the map. Through a varied programme of activities inside our House and on our grounds, our patrons and supporters are guaranteed an enjoyable few hours of entertainment and social interaction. This is the 3rd year we have a Dog Show as part of the day and it has proved a great attraction. Contact Tom McCann re the show on 087 417 9175. If you are free on the day we in the SMA would greatly appreciate your support and having an opportunity to greet and meet you. If you would like to lend a hand at helping to run an activity or serve at a stall, even for an hour, please contact us - we would appreciate all the help we can get. Unwanted gifts or second hand material (in good condition) can be handed into the House beforehand. Baking a cake is always a popular means of help. Fliers with fuller information on the day are available in our House. As space on our grounds is at a premium on the day, we would appreciate if cars could park in the facilities available outside our premises. No parking space is far from the House. Stewards will be on hand to help you. Admission is free and all the proceeds of the day go towards our missionary work in Africa. Seamus Nohilly SMA 2

Pictured above are the winners in the West’s Got Talent competition. They were musician Dylan Connolly, Gortbeg performing with The Interference band members Evan Barrows, Conor Brinn, Melissa Payne (Tuam) and Kevin Brennan (Claregalway).

The scene of the crash at Cregmore Cross on Wednesday 28th of April Photo by Joe O’ Shaughnessy

Miracle of Cregmore Cross as crash truck misses 70 pupils by seconds Dara Bradley, Connacht Tribune

Seventy County Galway children had a miraculous escape at lunchtime on Wednesday after a large truck lost control and crashed into the school yard

where they were waiting to be collected by parents. The junior and senior infant students of Cregmore National School and some of their parents looked on

helplessly in horror as the truck shuttled towards them – the lorry left the road and ploughed through the school yard wall, battering eleven cars before it was brought to a halt. Continued on page 3 ››

›› Incredibly, nobody was killed or seriously injured in the collision, although at least five children and adults were taken by ambulance to University Hospital Galway where they were treated with minor injuries. The school is located at Cregmore crossroads, a notorious accident blackspot, and principal Joe Kennelly told the Galway City Tribune this week it was a marvel that no child or parent was hurt.

It was absolute mayhem and I don’t know how nobody was seriously hurt or killed; I never saw anything like it in my life – it’s the miracle of Cregmore Cross,” he said. The dramatic crash happened at 1.42pm just two minutes after children had left class to be picked up by their parents. It is understood that a car travelling in the opposite direction to the truck went through the cross roads. It is believed the truck attempted to swerve to avoid the oncoming car but tipped the side of it

and then ploughed into the school yard. Nine parents’ cars and two teachers’ cars were damaged in the incident. Gardaí, two fire brigade and at least five tow trucks attended the scene. Concerns about the notorious accident blackspot crossroads were raised at a Community Alert meeting held at the school two years ago. Just an hour and a half prior to the accident, at noon on Wednesday, the local priest had actually visited the school and said a prayer with the children for the protection of the community.

I’m not in any way over religious but somebody was looking down on us today,” said Mr Kennelly.

The children are obviously very shook up. To witness the mayhem that they did and to think what might have been is hard for them but they are resilient, he added. This article appeared in the Connacht Tribune, Thursday April 29.

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Josette Farrell Editor Summer is around the corner and the work the Tidy Towns Committe has been doing is commendable as the village looks great. Claregalway has never looked so neat, and expect to see flowers popping up everywhere in the coming weeks. There’s been good and bad news this month in Claregalway, with the near disastrous crash in Cregmore which could have been a huge tragedy. It’s great to see safety measures have been put in place to prevent anything like this happening again. The junction is notoriously dangerous as many commuters use the road as a rat run. Congratulations to Dr. Day on being announced President of the Irish College of General Practitioners recently. See the full story on page 21. Some dates for your diary in coming weeks include the SMA Family Day on the 6th of June, and the official opening of the Claregalway Castle, which will take place the second week in July. It’s expected to be quite an exciting event for the community and we’ll have more information on this in next month’s issue. Well done to Philip Cribbin on his sterling work with PREDA Galway. There’s some more information on recent events in PREDA on page 18. Congratulations to Compántas Lir, in coming third place in the All Ireland Drama Festival in Glenamaddy recently. Until next time, Josette

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Local Athletes take home All Ireland Medals Geraldine Kilmartin

On Sunday April 11th, the athletes who had qualified from Connaught Finals in the Relays participated in the All-Ireland Indoor Athletics Championships which were held in Nenagh. The under 12 boys ran brilliantly at these national championships narrowly missing the previous course record by less than half a second.

The photo above shows the U12 boys who competed in 4 x 100m and won All Ireland Silver Medals. L-R: Luke Shaughnessey, Caherlistrane; Liam Costello, Miltown; Sean Kilmartin, Claregalway; Jack Dempsey, Mountbellew.

In addition: The Under 17 boys 4 x 200 team of Ronan Dobey, Evan McGuire, Sean Kyne and Ben Cooney won gold with a new championship record time of 1min 35.90s. The Under 19 boys 4 x 200m team of Ronan Coyle, Keith Fallon, Ronan Kelly and Ryan Harrington won bronze in the final.

The Galway City Harriers U18 girls who won silver in 4 x 200m: Georgina Healy, Tara Hession, Emma Carter, Amy Rohan (with coach Pauline Harrington).

Scoil Pádraig Naofa, Cregmore. Enrolment forms for new pupils wishing to start school in September 2010 are now available from the school office or by calling 091-799037. There will be an “Open Evening” on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm and the parents of all new pupils are invited to attend. Further details please call 091 799 037

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Grealish welco announcement Sewerage Sche Claregalway

Independent Deputy for Galway West, Noel Grealish has welcomed the news that the Claregalway Sewerage Scheme is included in the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012.

I have been working on this project for a long time and I am delighted that funding of just over €10 million has been allocated and construction can finally commence,” said Deputy Grealish.

This is very welcome news for the residents of Claregalway, who have been waiting a long time for this new treatment plant to be installed.”

The current system in Claregalway uses eight independent treatment plants. Under the new scheme these eight plants

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will be decommissioned and one central scheme will service the entire area.”

The new Claregalway scheme will transform the current sewerage management system into a more efficient, environmentally friendly operation that will reduce pollution and enhance water quality in the area.”

This scheme, which was bundled with the Milltown Sewerage Scheme will more than adequately meet the needs of Claregalway and Milltown both now and in the future,” he said.

I will now be meeting with Galway County Council officials to ensure that contract documents are issued for the appointments of consultants as soon as possible,” Deputy Grealish concluded.

Children from Rang 6, Claregalway N. S. presenting the proceeds of their pre-Christmas Cake Sale to Sinéad Mitchell and Seamus O Connell from the Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens Committee.

Lackagh Castle Edward Coppinger

Where a Ceoláin played his harp All now empty, silent – stark. The Pipers lament sad and shrill, Sounds no more up Lackagh Hill.

Bruised and battered this fort of stone Proud undefeated, survives alone, Solid as rock on which it stands, At birth shaped by a Masters hand.

Stories as well never to be told, Of fights and strife in times of old, This limestone bastion battle withstood, Where Irish and stranger shed their blood.

That Masons skill and craft so fine, Between the stones hardly a join, His handsome art and strength of will On ancient walls we see still.

Castle people then did command Unbeaten people in a beaten land, In bog, wood, or moorland track, The proud invader had to watch his back.

A beacon of days long passed away Elevated and haughty in decay, Witness to mankind’s hopes and fears His folly, laughter, toil and tears.

Dangerous it was in boreens green, Where lurked assassins unknown unseen, From that grey tower in the sky A watch was kept on passers by.

The place sentries did vigil keep In and out starlings sweep, From their nests perched on high, The sinister mocking jackdaws cry.

On men and beasts with their daily load On a track that was Lackagh road, And Monks also passed this way Between Abbeyknockmoy and Claregalway.

No longer heard on echoing walls The martial blast of bugle calls; Or at end of day in evenings still, The tolling Angelus from St. Columcille.

Stranger too when you pass this way, Think of Irish of another day, All long gone, most unknown, Our nation’s history – is that stone.


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Healthy Eating. A Summary. Basic principles of a healthy diet Eat plenty of starchy foods (complex carbohydrates); The main part of most meals should be starchy foods such as bread, cereals, potatoes, rice, and pasta, together with fruit and vegetables. Some people wrongly think that starchy foods are ‘fattening’. In fact, they contain about half the calories than the same weight of fat.

Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables each day One portion is: one large fruit such as an apple, pear, banana, orange, or a large slice of melon or pineapple, OR two smaller fruits such as plums, satsumas, etc, OR one cup of small fruits such as grapes, strawberries, raspberries, cherries, etc. OR two large tablespoons of fruit salad, stewed or canned fruit, OR one tablespoon of dried fruit, OR one glass of fresh fruit juice (150ml), OR a normal portion of any vegetable (about two tablespoons), OR one dessert bowl of salad.

Eat protein foods in moderation Meat, fish, nuts, pulses, chicken, and similar foods 8

are high in protein. You need some protein to keep healthy. However, most people eat more protein than is needed. Choose poultry such as chicken or lean meat. Oily fish is thought to help protect against heart disease. For example, herring, sardines, mackerel, salmon, kippers, pilchards, and fresh tuna (not tinned tuna). Aim to eat at least two portions of fish per week, at least one of which should be oily.

Don’t eat too much fat ·

Try not to fry much food. It is better to grill, bake, poach, barbecue, or boil food. If you do fry, use unsaturated oil such as corn, sunflower or olive oil. Drain off the oil before eating.

· Choose lean cuts of meat, and cut off any excess fat. ·

Try not to add unnecessary fat to food. For example, use low fat spreads, spread less butter or margarine on bread, measure out small portions of oil for cooking, etc.

· Watch out for hidden fats that are in pastries, chocolate, cakes, and biscuits.


Have low-fat milk, cheeses, yoghurts, and other dairy foods rather than full-fat varieties.


Avoid cream. Use low fat salad cream, or low-fat yoghurt as a cream substitute.

Don’t have too many sugary foods and drinks

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These are high in calories, and too much may cause weight gain (and they are bad for your teeth).

Women should drink no more than 14 units per week (and no more than three units in any one day).

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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET REVIEW ‘Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles’, is suitably intense in his search for justice against these recurring nightmares.

Christopher Carton, Gortatleva

It was refreshing to see the cast in a horror film refusing to follow the conventions set out by countless others before them. Director Samuel Bayer makes his feature film debut with ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’. Director: Samuel Bayer Starring: Jackie Earle Haley, Rooney Mara, Thomas Dekker, Clancy Brown

horrible repercussions in the real world, the teens seek to unravel the mystery regarding the psychotic Freddy Krueger.


Rating: 15A Freddy’s back! Well, he’s been ‘re-booted’ like so many other horror icons recently. Much like last year’s ‘Friday the 13th’, this 2010 reimagining of Wes Craven’s horror classic seeks to inject new energy into the long-running franchise. If you have partaken of any of the previous films then you will more than likely know the story here. A group of teens living in the town of Springwood have begun to experience the same dreams, each involving a man with horrible burns and a deadly bladed glove. When it becomes apparent that these dreams have 10


While many people would sigh at the thought of yet another remake, I remained cautiously optimistic upon the casting of Jackie Earle Haley as Freddy Krueger. Die-hards may scoff at the replacement of Robert Englund, but Haley brings a ferocity to the character that has never been seen before. Fresh off his excellent and memorable performance as masked vigilante Rorschach in ‘Watchmen’, Haley continues to impress with a disturbingly eerie take on the gloved killer. His booming voice and

dark dialogue finally takes Krueger out of his comedic state (no offense to Robert Englund intended) and into something that feels much more real.

Bayer has a massive library of music videos under his belt, and the fact that he had not directed a feature previously doesn’t show in the movie.

Krueger is a force to be reckoned with, and his fleshed out back-story is very welcome in this version. It makes him so much more of a character than the robotic killing machines we’ve seen in so many other slasher flicks.

The film has a great visual style and Bayer’s decision to give the audience a clear look at their antagonist was a bold choice.

The teens are competent in carrying the story of the film. Rooney Mara plays Nancy, not the most popular girl at school. While I understand that Nancy was supposed to be a loner of sorts, Mara takes a strangely robotic approach that makes it difficult for the audience to worry about her situation. Thomas Dekker, most prominently seen on the unfortunately short-lived

The characters are literally forced to look fear in the face, and the film definitely does not take the route of ‘what you don’t see is scarier than what you do see’. Haley’s make-up gives Freddy a much more chilling visage, mirroring much more closely the wounds of an actual burn victim. Also noteworthy are some incredible transitions between the real world and Freddy’s dream world. These were quite inventive Continued on page 11 ››

›› and helped to show off the movie’s innovative visual style. The main problem with the film comes from a certain sense of familiarity. While enjoyable for fans of the genre or franchise, it still seems too derivative in certain ways. Hearing the characters slowly come to realisations that most people will be extremely familiar with since the 1984 original can be tedious. Still, those who know nothing of the series will undoubtedly be curious as to what Krueger’s motives are. If you have never cared for the ‘Nightmare’ films, this new version is hardly going to sway your opinion. For those who enjoy a good fright (this film has some very loud and effective scares!) or who are interested in seeing Freddy Krueger for a new generation, this nightmare of a movie comes highly recommended.

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Pictured left are Aidan, Cian, Colm and Nada who represented Claregalway Educate Together at the Ballybane library Table Quiz on Wednesday the 12th of May. They faced stiff competition from 15 other teams. Well done to all the team and Hilary, their class teacher.


Where has the money gone to? Nuala Nolan

We all know about that billions of Euro in loans taken out by Developers and Bankers. Nothing new in that, but where has the money gone to. Money just does not vanish into thin air. Both large and Small Building Contractors all over the country were never paid for large projects they work on, some have committed suicide weighed down by the guilt of not being able to pay workers who were often neighbours. While multimillion projects went into recievership Developers and Bankers went on holidays to their villas in the South of France or Spain and enjoyed a round of golf. On the other hand John Gilligan, the drug lord had all his property taken over by the Criminal Assets Bureau even Jess Brook Riding School which was run by his wife. The houses which were in which both his wife and son lived in were taken over by the state. So why can’t the Government move in on people who have brought this country to it’s knees. Is 12

there one law for the drug dealers and no law that can touch the white collar criminal? In Ireland it does seem so. No talk now of going after Michael Lynn who went off with millions of Euro the saving of hard working people. The Government can announce jobs in Call Centres all they like but that won’t distract people from wanting answers. Then there is the question

Why were the Bonders of the Banks not let take the hit for the failures in the Banking system? People who are not able to pay their mortages are taking the hit. Why should they have pay the price for others who continue to live it up in the South of France or Spain. In the US Bernie Maydoff is in jail and the top brass in Goldman Sacs Investment Bank are up before the Senate Sub Committee on Investigations. When will we see Irish Bankers behind bars and their wifes be given a semidetatched house to live in?

Fifty Years On, Montiagh Exiles Re-Unite Frank Kearney

Far too often they gathered together at funerals, but last weekend the people of the tiny hamlet of Montiagh in Claregalway had a reason to celebrate in a happier mood. However, it was a get together that was also tinged with sadness as memories of loved ones were not forgotten as they remembered the people of the village of fifty years earlier, when four families left Montiagh and became new residents of Ballyfair, Suncroft, in the heartland of the Curragh in Co. Kildare. 1959 was a difficult time in the tiny hamlet of Montiagh, an old Irish speaking village that lay close to the River Clare and was surrounded by

wet lands and boggy area. Those that could afford to go to England or America during the barren fifties went, but many from the Montiagh area simply couldn’t even afford the travel to make a better life for themselves. They had farms but the land was very wet and unsuitable for tillage and they had to travel to nearby farms where they rented a rood or two or maybe even an acre in conacre for tillage and sow the crops that would become the livelihood for their livestock, homes and farms. Then a project came that was to change the lives of some of the families in Montiagh forever when an offer of land in the plush heartlands of Kildare

became a reality for four of the families in the Montiagh area. However, to relocate to the Curragh of Kildare was not an easy decision to make as it meant uprooting all of the family and leaving their relatives, neighbours and friends in the close knit village, located just north of Claregalway village. There was much discussion and thought before the four families decided to leave Claregalway and set up a new life in the parish of Suncroft within distance of the Curragh army barracks. Duggan was a popular name in the village of Montiagh and fifty years earlier some families from the village had also left in a land commission project to another part of the Claregalway area in Kiltrogue. The departure of four Duggan families was a major upheaval in the village of Montiagh at the time and there were fears that they may not settle or

that it just wouldn’t work out. Kildare was a long journey away from Galway in the late fifties, but yet with the offer of thirty five to forty acres of land as well as a new house and barn, was not something that any family could turn their back on, although it was difficult to leave the thatched homes that covered Montiagh at the time. Tears and fears were overcome as the four families set up for the new pastures in Kildare. It was a most difficult decision for the family of William Duggan, Thady and John Duggan, Matt Duggan and his wife and family and Martin Duggan and his wife and family who also brought with them their father and mother. The Duggan’s of Montiagh quickly settled in their new homes in Kildare. However they had their families and unlike many who had

emigrated before them, they could read and write and letter writing became a hugely popular means of communication with the people of Montiagh that they left behind. Life changed for those that went to Kildare and within a few years life was to also change for the farming families of Montiagh that were left behind. They had benefitted from the good land near the river which they got from the land commission from those that were relocated, while much more of the wetlands was given for forestry.

Those that moved to Kildare were able to sow potatoes and grow beet and corn on their own lands, something they could never do in the wetlands of Montiagh in the fifties or sixties. It was just a few years before that that a drainage scheme on the River Clare put in place by Dunmore based Junior Minister Mick Donnellan, gave an opportunity to people and families who lived along the River Clare to wear anything other than wellington boots. Life was different in Kildare but the families set up home and now their extended families all reside in the county and its surrounds.

Within a few years the Creamery co-ops started in the west of Ireland and around the country and with people able to sell milk it gave a new lease of life to people in Ireland. Indeed the families that had moved would probably never have moved had the creamery started before they left Claregalway.

Thady and John later moved back to Portumna after selling the land and took over a public house that has been a popular stopping point for people of Claregalway ever since. In the intervening years Continued on page 15 ››


U14 championship has gotten underway, however they lost out to a very strong Killimor team in their first round game. Next game see’s team play Meelick Eyrecourt.

Carnmore Hurling News Hilda Murray, Carnmore Hurling Club PRO

Go Games Blitz’s for U8, U10s and U12s started with very successful day in Carnmore on Sat 24th April. Thanks to clubs who attended on the day. Carnmore is one of the host centres and this will run every fortnight for next 4 weeks. Games guaranteed for all players. Carnmore Hurling season is back in full swing again for all age groups. Carnmore is the hurling club for Claregalway parish and new members are always welcome. Senior championship commenced on Sat 24th April with opening game against Liam Mellows at Kenny Park, Athenry. This was a well contested game but a significant number of wides in the first half and a very lucky goal by Mellows saw us lose out in our first game.

Final score Carnmore 0-12, Liam Mellows 1-12 Team: Damien Fahy, A Davoren, J Garrett, R Walsh, D O’Brien, TJ Hynes, C Hynes, O Hynes, 14

JP O’Connell, D Fox, E Cooney, B Hanley, P Fox, S Hynes, G Hanley. Junior A league has also commenced with a loss to Meelick Eyrecourt and a walkover from Kiltormer game. Junior A management team for 2010 are Gerry Fox, Noel Walsh, Iggy Hanley and Brendan Dunleavy. Junior C championship will resume 23rd May with opening game with Loughrea. All players interested in dusting off their boots for the new season should contact Iggy Hanley for further information. Minor team under manager Enda Flaherty, Michael Murphy and John Feeney commenced their season but a number of significant

injuries contributed to two early losses. This team has good potential and has put in good performances in both games. The team are now on a break until after Leaving Cert. With two games in hand they still have strong chance of qualifying for quarter finals. Thanks to all who supported recent Table Quiz’s organized by Senior and Juvenile clubs. Juvenile season underway with U12 City league competition currently ongoing. Carnmore won opening game against Sylane but lost their second round game. Championship for U12s will commence at end of May and games every Monday night into June.

Dates for your diary Camogie Club 'Party Night' in Grealish's Bar night on 1st May. Mon 7th June, 2010 Lá na gClub (Club day) open to everyone. (Parish League, Skills competition & entertainment planned for the day. All welcome to view facilities.)

General Thanks to Gerard Hanley, Johnny Greaney & Declan Greaney for all their work in fitting astro-turf surface in goalmouths of Pitch 1. All pitches in operation now. Additional works are planned for the coming year – replacing dugouts, fitting safety barriers and commencing work on walking track. If there is sufficient support

the only time that people of Montiagh have ever had a get together was at the funeral of a family ›› member either in Kildare or Claregalway. Last weekend to celebrate fifty years in Kildare, the people of Montiagh village travelled in style to join in celebration with the families and their extended families who had left the tiny hamlet fifty years earlier.

from the community are investigating possibility of a playground at the grounds.

Training Adult Training continues on Tues, Thurs & Sundays with Mike Fox, Paul Kilgannon, Ronan Walsh & Declan Collins Juvenile training for U6 and U8s takes place every Wed in Carnmore at 6.30pm. U10s & U12s train on Mon & Wed evenings. U14s train Tues & Thurs evenings. For further information please contact Fiona Molloy 087 222 4083.

Camogie training Tues & Thurs evenings - for information contact Mary Grealish 087 234 7375.

The reunion also featured a delightful Mass and visit to the cemetery to visit the grave of the Claregalway natives, who made the Curragh their home and passed away in their adopted county.

They had a wonderful weekend together where stories were shared and memories rekindled of other years and people that have long gone. It was a special weekend for ninety year old Winnie Duggan, the oldest survivor of those that went away in 1959. It is now planned that to honour the occasion of the fifty years that the Montiagh families in Kildare will travel back to Claregalway to meet many more natives of Claregalway and enjoy a weekend in the homeland that was the base of the now extended families fifty years earlier.

Club shop opens on Tues & Wed evenings at 6.30pm. Our club website has further information of all club activities.

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Congratulations to Arann McMahon (pictured above) who won the EIL Travel Awards competition and will be travelling to Japan after his Leaving Cert Exams. He will be gone for six weeks. Arann won the award based on leadership potential, community involvement and academic capacity.


Essential Contact Details Claregalway Garda Station 091 798 122 086 857 80 32

Galway Garda Station 091 563 161

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Galway Fire Station 091 565 555

Turloughmore Medical Centre 091 797 187 / 797 106

Parish Office 091 798 741

University College Hospital 091 524 222

Merlin Park Hospital 091 775 775

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Galway County Council 091 509 000

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Radon Gas Alert Christine Keaney

Towards the end of 2009 I had my home tested for the Building Energy Rating (B.E.R.)Certificate now required for the lease or sale of an existing or newly built house. I am lucky to have a son in law who is a registered Assessor with SEI who could steer me through the necessary improvements, for which I got a substantial grant. On his advice I also had my levels of Radon Gas tested, not only for general health purposes BUT if a buyer is aware that the house is located in a High Radon Area they may ask for the measurement. This is a very simple test. 2 detectors are placed one in your main living room and one in your main bedroom in order to get an accurate measure of the long-term radon concentration in your home. The detectors should be left in place for 3 months. These detectors can be obtained from the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland in Clonskeagh, Dublin at a cost of â‚Ź56.

They are issued by post and you get a prepaid envelope for their return to the RPII for testing. After about a week you get your result and advice on

Most of the West of Ireland is a high risk area for Radon Gas, especially around Galway


any action necessary. This is a confidential service for homeowners and results are not given to anyone else. The Freephone for the Institute is 1800 300 600 and their website is According to the Institute the average indoor radon level in Irish houses is 89Bq/m3. The National Reference Level for long term exposure to Radon in a house, above which the need for remedial action should be considered is 200

Above: An example of a typical Radon Gas detector. They are installed discreetly and left in place for 3 months.

Bq/m3. When my results came back they showed levels of 1,500 Bq/m3. Needless to say I have had remedial action taken. I now do a further test for 3 months to see my improved levels. I would stress that levels vary from house to house - just because your neighbour has high levels does not mean that you will have the same. However, most of the West of Ireland is a high risk area, especially round Galway. The work took from 8.30 am until 3pm, was inside my hot press- to protect from the elements-

and there is an extra small chimney to take the gas away. There was no dust or mess. Radon has been known as a health hazard in underground workplaces such as mines since the late 19th century. However, it is only since 1980s that is has been identified as a health risk in homes and the chance of developing Lung Cancer depends on the level of radon present. The risk to smokers is considerably greater.


Rugby legend gets behind Galway and The Western Hotel Charity Raffle The Western Hotel is co-ordinating a unique rugby jersey raffle which was the brain child of Ireland and Munster legend Jerry Flannery. He donated his player issued Ireland jersey from the autumn international against Fiji held on the 21st of November 2009. The Ireland squad have signed this rare item of sporting memoribilia and Jerry has also arranged for a squad signed Munster, Leinster and Ulster jersey. The high flying Connacht were also quick to lend their support by donating a signed jersey to complete this one-off raffle.

to the PREDA home to see the impact the people who have supported the work of PREDA Galway in recent years have had. Both Damien and Philip will be travelling at their own expense as PREDA believes passionately that all money raised for the children goes directly to the children. Damien recently played to a packed house in the Radisson in a PREDA charity concert entitled "Seize the Day". His Galway fans turned out in their hundreds to

All profits from the raffle will be donated directly to meet the growing needs of the children rescued by PREDA. The proceeds from the raffle will be given to Fr. Shay and his team by PREDA supporter Damien Dempsey and PREDA Galway Chairperson Philip Cribbin when they travel 18

help raise â‚Ź5,350 for the children at PREDA. The draw will take place

on day of the Heineken Cup final on May the 22nd in The Western Hotel. The â‚Ź5 tickets can be

purchased in The Western Hotel, Galway Community College (091 755 464) or Mac Grath Butchers Mervue (091 757 790) or through the raffle sales link on The Western Hotel website: All tickets bought online will be provided with a number. If you are interested in selling some lines contact The Western or PREDA Galway. For further information on the work of PREDA and PREDA Galway check out, or email or ring us on 086 668 1339 Check out the work of PREDA Galway on YouTube by typing in "Damien PREDA". New members and ideas are always welcome.

Bus Timetable for Claregalway These times are for Bus Éireann buses passing through the village

Adult Fare to Galway City €3.50

Irish footballers Kevin Doyle and Shane Long present a signed jersey to Philip Cribbin, Chairman PREDA Galway; Jerry Flannery presenting the jersey he played in against Fiji in the Autumn International to PREDA supporters

Child (under 16) Fare to Galway City €1.80

Claregalway to Galway Monday to Saturday Dep. Claregalway

Arr. in Galway

08:03 08:30 09:05 09:20 10:30 10:45 10:35 11:05 11:17 11:40 11:30 11:50 12:15 12:30 13:30 13:45 14:25 14:40 15:15 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:35 15:55 16:10 17:10 17:30 17:30 [FRIDAY ONLY] 17:45 19:05 [FRIDAY ONLY] 19:20 19:31 [EXCEPT SATURDAY] 19:50 21:15 21:30 22:15 22:30

Sunday Services Dep. Claregalway

Arr. in Galway

10:35 10:50 13:30 13:45 16:10 16:25 16:30 16:45 17:10 17:25 19:05 19:20 19:35 19:50 22:15 22:30 The bus stop in Claregalway is situated beside the Nine Arches. Please note these times are approximate only. Nuacht Chláir will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions in this timetable.

Galway to Claregalway Monday to Saturday Dep. Galway

Photos from top: Damien Dempsey performing on stage in aid of PREDA Galway;


Arr. in Claregalway

09:00 09:20 10:30 10:50 12:00 12:20 14:00 14:20 15:00 [FRIDAY ONLY] 15:20 15:45 15:55 16:00 16:20 17:45 18:05 18:15 18:35 20:15 [FRIDAY ONLY] 20:35

Sunday Services Dep. Galway

Arr. in Claregalway

10:00 10:20 12:00 12:20 14:00 14:20 15:00 15:20 16:00 16:20 17:00 17:20 18:15 18:35 20:10 20:30 20:15 20:35 21:00 21:20 21:10 21:30

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Claregalway GAA Update Asumpta Gallagher, Claregalway GAA Club PRO

Club News Thanks to all who particpated in La na nGlub on Sunday 9th May. The sun shone brightly for the sponsored walk which left our new training grounds after 12 Noon. It was great to witness first hand the brilliant work that has been done on the grounds to date. The day continued with a bric a brac and Cake sale in the Community Centre as well as some fun activities on the Pitch. Well done to all who worked hard behind the scenes to make the various events happen.

Senior Panel The Senior begin their Championship Campaign this Saturday 15th May. Their match is part of a triple header to be play in Tuam Stadium and throws in at 3.30pm. Please come along to support your Senior Team and put Claregalway on the Map with lots of flags and banners. This promises to be a great afternoon of football.

Ladies U-14 Girls: Congrats to our six Girls who were part of the Galway U-14 Ladies Team that defeated Mayo in the Connaught Final on Friday last in Milltown. 20

Siobhan Gavin scored 3 points from midfield, Eimile Gavin lined out at corner back while Karen Dowd and Ciara Burke made notable contributions when introduced.

on the day finishing the game with a scoreline of

Claregalway 4-16 Corofin 3-4

Training for FĂŠile Panel on Wednesday evening in Knockdoemore at 7pm. League games next Monday v Craughwell away and Salthill in Claregalway at 7pm.

The Claregalway Lions Panel was: Deirdre Cullina, Ciara Burke, Louise Brennan, Emma Connell, Ciara Cummins, Karen Dowd, Rachel Fahy, Siobhan Gavin, Niamh Fahy, Eimilie Gavin, Megan Glynn, Anna Goldrick,(Captain), Lorna Hannon, Ruth Horkan, Roisin Holland, Emily Keane, Rebecca Hansberry, Rachel O Brien, Ellie Glynn, Keeva Gallagher, Laurie Moran, Caoimhe Connaughton, Natasha Hynes.

The U14 Lions began their Division 1 League campaign when they played away to Corofin in Round 1 on Sunday 9th May.

The Claregalway Lions meet Salthill in the next round of the Division 1 League to be played by the 17th May.

Both teams started very strong with the Claregalway girls playing with the wind at their back in the first half.

U14 Tigers: The Tigers played away to Monivea on Monday 10th May 2010 in the first round of the Division 4 League.

They used this to great advantage finishing 2-12 to 0-1 at the break.

The Claregalway Girls had a relatively strong start but were beaten in the end by a strong Movivea side.

Louise Brennan who played in all earlier rounds was ruled out by injury and Megan Glynn who is just back from a hand injury will be pushing for inclusion in the semi final v Cork.

The Corofin side came out fighting in the second half putting the Claregalway back line under pressure scoring a total of 3 goals and 3 points. However, The Claregalway Girls proved stronger

U12 Lions: The Lions play St Michaels in Round 4 of the League in Claregalway this evening, Wednesday 12th May. All players to meet in Clubhouse at 6.30pm.

U12 Tigers: The U12 Tigers took on St Furseys in the 3rd round of the League on Wednesday 5th May in Claregalway. The visitors started the strongest and lead by a large margin at the break, however, the Claregalway girls began the second half with renewed vigour proving that they are a spirited side scoring 2 goals and 4 points. Unfortunately, it was not enough on this occasion. The Tigers meet Dunmore in Round 4 with that match to be played in Dunmore on Wednesday 12th May. The panel is to meet at Lydons of Knockdoe at 6.00pm sharp. The U12 Tigers Panel was: Rebecca Downes, Emma Finneran, Ava fitzmaurice, Niamh Francis, Aoife Gavin, Grace Gilmore, Doireann Gorham, Eimear Keane, Claire Kilcoyne, Siofra McHugh, Katie Mill, Eva Morgan, Kate Mulqueen, Caoilf hionn Ni Cheitin, Fionnula Ni Cheitin, Orla O Gorman, Niamh O Rourke, Maeve Moran, Jayne Conlon, Gwen Horkan, Jillian O Gorman, Lauren Boyd, Lorna Mullally.

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Local GP Dr. Brendan Day has been announced as the new President of the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP).

final medical examinations at NUI Galway from 1994 to 1998, as well as an external examiner for postgraduate medical examinations in Bahrain in the 1990s.

Brendan studied medicine in University College Galway and graduated in 1973. He entered general practice in Turloughmore in 1979 and has been heavily involved with the ICGP since its inception in 1984. He was one of a group of five doctors involved in establishing the ICGP examination and continued to be an ICGP examiner until 2003. Brendan served as chairman of the examination board from 1992 to 1994 and also served as examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners from 1983 to 1996. In addition, he was an external examiner for

Brendan currently works in Turloughmore and Claregalway. His practice started as a twodoctor practice in a rural community, but has now been expanded to include four full time and three part time doctors and a GP registrar. It is also a designated teaching practice for NUI Galway, with the Professor of General Practice based there since his appointment in 1997. The practice is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, as well as in various research projects.


May 2010 update from your Local Councillor, Jim Cuddy Don’t forget to check out our website, which we update almost daily with local news and events If you have any submissions, you can email them to

Jim Cuddy

Cregboy Junction During the past week I have received an e-mail from the Director of Services for Roads with Galway Co. Co. that the council were to carry out a survey on the 30th April at this junction. Many people have complained of the danger of the roadway at the end of the bus corridor. The council’s proposals for doing this work will be brought before the Area Councillors.

Meetings on Flooding On April 23rd. a meeting took place at the Nine Arches Hotel between those affected by the flooding last November, representatives from the Office of Public Works and public representatives. It is expected that the Ryan Hanley Consultants report will be ready by the first week of June and I am glad that the consultants report will include the operation of the sluice gates in Galway city. It is the view of many of those at the meeting that the closing of these gates has a major effect on the level of the lake and river. 22

Last Monday April 26th the Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Martin Manseragh came to Claregalway to meet with the flood victims and hear what they had to say. While he did not have any immediate answers he did take note of the issues raised and has undertaken to address them. He was also asked about the whole question of home insurance and possible relocation for some of those involved. We were privileged that Mr. Phillip Cribben agreed to chair both of those meetings and he is to be highly commended for the very efficient way he handled both. Gerry Loughnane also gave great assistance to the meeting on the 23rd. by taking the minutes and for that we are truly grateful.

Smart Travel Proposals Bid Recently Galway County Council held an afternoon of public consultation at Hughes Supervalu in Claregalway. Since then the draft council report was brought before the full council meeting on the 26thApril and is

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r y now on its way to the Department of Transport.

improving safety outside our schools.

If the bid for the Galway Metropolitan area of which Claregalway is part is successful a total of approx two million euro will be made available for improvements within the area covered by the Claregalway Local Area Plan and the work would have to be carried out within five years.

The council had already started work at Cregmore Cross by having a sealant laid on the road and I have been told that they cannot actually start the resurfacing of the junction for a number of weeks .

I am glad that many of the proposals that I put forward for additional footpaths etc have been included in the draft recommendation which the council have forwarded to the Department.

They will also be remarking the junction then. I have already been in touch with Frank Gilmore the Director of Services for Roads and he is going to see what can be done to improve safety at all our schools.

If the bid for the Smart Travel project is successful it will mean that a total of twenty eight million will be spent between Galway City, Oranmore, Gauraun and Claregalway.

Claregalway School Teachers and Board of Management have made their concerns known to the council for some time and this week I spoke to the principal of Carnmore National School who is also very concerned for the safety of children.

We should know by the end of May if the bid of both the City and County Councils are successful.

In the meantime I would ask that people drive slowly when passing any of our schools.

Concerns for safety at our schools


After the serious accident that took place outside Cregmore School last week the council are now looking at ways of

Congratulations to Dermot and Gael Leonard, Rock Road on the birth of their son Dylan on the 1st of April.

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Congratulations to Liam and Sarah Moran on the birth of their son Jamie on the 23rd of April, a brother for Hannah. Congratulations to Cathy Casserly and Brendan Dunleavy, Claregalway, who were married on the 9th of April.

Prayer Before an Exam Dear Lord, Sometimes I feel a little strange prayingto you because of an exam. It doesn’t really seem all that significant when you consider the “big picture.” But right now, the test looms so large that it is all I can see before me. I pray to you for three things: - the strength to handle the pressure that I feel, - the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge and preparation, - and the ability to keep an appropriate perspective on it all. Help me to keep in mind what is really important, even as I focus all of my time and energy on this test in the immediate future. Amen.


Musician drain to end with opening of Galway’s first music school Dara Rooney, Galway Independent Galway will no longer lose musicians to other counties and countries following the setting up of Galway’s first School of Music. Galway musicians flocked to St Mary’s School in the city this week for the official launch of Galway’s first School of Music, ‘Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe’. A budding idea from Hugh Kelly has been transformed into Galway’s first fully dedicated school of music in the heart of the city. As part of the school, several teachers will be moving their classes into the building, while numerous external teachers will set up their Galway headquarters at the Mary’s Road address. Speaking to the Galway Independent this week, Mr

Kelly said the introduction of the facility to the West means that the music drain to other areas can finally end.

The main colleges like the Associated Board in London and the Royal Irish Academy of Music currently offer a diploma structure for music. When you get to a certain standard of excellence with your instrument, you can go on and achieve full professional qualifications. Last year alone, I had three students that went to Cork and Dublin to study music as there was no place here for them.

Not many people know that there is a degree course in music in NUI Galway. There is a chair of music in the college but the chair was never filled because they

didn’t have a school of music feeding into it.

What we are hoping is that we will build up the school and then call on the college to run the course. But we will have to prove ourselves before we can accomplish this. That is our main objective.” But the ‘Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe’ is not just for the elite musicians, as the school will cater for all levels of musicians from as low an age as one year old. Mr Kelly said introducing children to music at a young age can be the perfect way to develop their talents.

We surveyed what was on offer in the city and found tremendously passionate teachers, but there was very little structure to it. We then decided to start with all ages, with children as young as one-year-old in our Kindergarten Music Programme. It is one of the most unique programmes and children become musical

literate just like they would learn to read. We have already filled one class of students for that in September.

Every single student that enrols in the school will get a full musical education. The instrumental education is only half of the schooling as they will learn how to read music, and have their ears trained and a grounding in the skills. It has never been done here and is standard practice all around the world, but to make it viable we are doing that for free.

The idea is not to take a plan from somewhere that has a school of music for 100 years but to look at what was needed in Galway. We have tried to design something unique to Galway. We will provide those resources to the teachers and hopefully they will come and use them and spread the good news.” All details on the classes and pricing is available at or by emailing

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Claregalway Educate Together Student Council petition for a footbridge over the River Clare Claregalway Educate Together has been open since 2005. Every year elections are held in October for our Student Council. Many issues are discussed and fund raising events are undertaken for local charities and for disaster hit areas of the world. Currently the students feel very strongly about safety on the bridge near our school. Some of our students and staff use this bridge daily. At the moment they take their lives in their hands. At a time when schools wish to encourage children to walk or cycle to school, it is actually with trepidation that the staff of the school watch these children walk across the bridge. Class excursions to and from venues in

Claregalway are seriously curtailed because of the lack of safety. The Student Council held meetings and decided to start a petition to make people aware of the danger this bridge poses to all pedestrians in Claregalway not just our students. A footbridge would benefit everyone in Claregalway. It would provide safe pedestrian access to Claregalway Cemetery, the Abbey and the SMA House for people from Claregalway. The Student Council plan to present their petition for a footbridge across the Clare River to Martina Moloney the Galway County Manager. Emails will also be sent to all our local public representatives. The Student Council with the support of our Parent

8.00 am. – 9.00 am. with Fr. Sean McHugh Gospel and musical reflections and more! Claregalway/Carnmore Active Retirement Association Meeting Every Friday at 10.30 am. in the Parish Meeting Room. All are welcome. Association, plan to bring the petition to the village

Claregalway/Carnmore Senior Citizens

outside Hughes, on Wednesday June 2nd from 10am -12pm.

Every Monday night at 8.00 pm. in the Parish Meeting Room. Mother and Toddler Group

All our local representatives will also be notified. Our own school community have already signed the petition, some of our past pupils even thought of bringing it to their second level schools. Some of our parents took it to their places of work; they felt so strongly about it. I write to you to ask for your support for this badly needed footbridge. Please give the students your support on the day or call to our school to sign the petition this month. Terri Claffey – Principal

Meet every Wednesday morning in Claregalway Community Centre from 10.00 – 12 noon Contact: Teresa at 087 944 67 18. Junior Choir Practice every Monday night in the Church at 7pm. Senior Choir Practice every Monday night in the Church at 8.15pm. Folk Choir Practice every Wednesday night in the Church at 8pm.


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